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Talkback: Real Runners: Tom Pearce, running with cancer.

Posted: 27/08/2014 at 14:18

Hi Tom, I also wish you well.  Like Constable I was diagnosed with breast cancer, 3 years ago age 47.  Like you was in the peak of health.  Double mastectomy, lymph nodes out, then 5 months of chemo (FEC) and some very short slow running.  Without a doubt running kept me going, it was something else to focus on, my first tentative run was fantastic, for the first time in months I was something other than a cancer patient.  My fitness undoubtedly helped me cope physically and mentally with the rigours of cancer treatment.  Running also helped shift the focus for recovery which is a difficult time, the assumption that you are 'getting back to normal' ha ha, but getting back to running and racing, that was a much more tangible goal.  

Like Constable I race a lot more now (very slowly!) including two successful VLM ballot entries in a row - retribution, somehow.

Good luck and keep spreading the word.  It takes courage to 'come out' about the less savoury realities of treatment.  I feel truly lucky that my cancer was in a part of my body easy to isolate and treat.  Cancer treatment is still largely a matter of cutting off, frying or poisoning.  But early diagnosis is ABSOLUTELY key, get ANYTHING suspicious checked out, if it is cancer it's not going to go away.

Wishing you both good health.

Swollen lips after treadmill running

Posted: 06/08/2014 at 07:18


Finisher Medals

Posted: 04/08/2014 at 22:26

the first Wimbledon half had the Womble and the second had the tennis racquet, the womble was such a hit they had them at the second race for anyone that wanted one.   I already had the Womble from the first race and was kinda hoping it would be a different Womble, but it wasn't, so I had the tennis racquet, which is pretty cool too.  They've promised something different for the third race in October.  I would have done the Richmond Pk half to get a deer but 5 circuits of the (mostly uphill) parkrun course would have killed me.  Brilliant medals and lovely low key races.





Garmin Forerunner 110 has blank screen!

Posted: 02/08/2014 at 21:21

This happens to my 110 on a fairly regular-ish basis, I panicked the first few times but now I just look at this thread and one of the suggestions has always worked (so far). 

After a 2 year absence..

Posted: 01/08/2014 at 23:17

I can't comment on your race but I'm 3 years post cancer, again not as bad as yours - surgeries and chemo for me - but running gave me a lifeline and focus so it wasn't just about getting over the cancer and treatment but also about getting my running fitness back, and I think that really helped.  Go easy on yourself, accept that your performance may be well below your best, enjoy every minute and be extremely proud of yourself.  It will get better.  I see from your other thread you're doing Ealing - I'll see you there 

Does running cause breast implant ruptures

Posted: 31/07/2014 at 15:18

Sorry you have had problems.  I have had the same treatment, for the same reason, and so far so good (3 years on). I wear a VERY supportive sports bra for running so that nothing moves, ever, and I always wear a bra or crop top of some sort, day and night.  Other than that (and I'm sure you do the same) I'm not sure what else you can do, and I suspect maybe you are just very unlucky.  My surgeon was absolutely fine about me running again with the (very obvious) caveat that I was well supported at all times

Have you ever been first in an event?

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 18:58

I came first in my age category at a local HM this morning - took me a while to figure out what the 1 beside my name was - well exciting 

Annoyances when out running

Posted: 27/07/2014 at 15:28

Running for 5 minutes then realising you wished you hadn't worn those particular shorts/socks/top/gloves etc etc.  so then you spend the next 5 minutes trying to decide if it's worth going home to change, by which time it's too late, and you go on to have an uncomfortably hot/cold or generally Unsatisfactory Run.

Term time holidays

Posted: 26/07/2014 at 07:56

Kinda annoying for the teacher who can't deliver their planned lesson cos half the class have buggered off on a cheap holiday, or for the rest of the class who miss out on a planned activity cos there aren't enough to make up the numbers. Teachers and the rest of the school staff are required to be there; so are the children.  Unfortunately most don't see it that way and only consider the impact on their own child and holiday budget.  And in my experience (parent and partner of a teacher) the vast majority of parents who take their children out of school for a cheap(er) holiday can well afford the more expensive version during school holidays, so it's rarely a case of 'cheap holiday or no holiday'

I need Professional Help

Posted: 12/07/2014 at 17:47

Either way, find some knee and hip strengthening exercises on Youtube etc and do them a couple of times a week, every week.  Works wonders 

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